FEBRUARY 2017 GOLD-DIGGING WITH INVESTOR-STATE LAWSUITS Canadian mining corporation sues to force Romanians to accept toxic Roşia Montană goldmine Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources is using an investor-state lawsuit to push through its illegal toxic gold and silver mine in the historical Romanian village of Roşia Montană. The project has faced strong community resistance and is on hold after Romanian courts found that Gabriel had illegally obtained several permits required to operate the mine. Other permits have never been issued as the company failed to submit all necessary data. Gabriel Resources is now using a legal backdoor and suing Romania in an international investment tribunal, potentially demanding billions in taxpayer money as compensation because of the country’s alleged ‘failure’ to issue the permits. The lawsuit foreshadows the massive claims which could hit the EU and its member states if trade deals such as the EU-Canada CETA get concluded and come into force.